2014 NCAC Softball Players of the Week

April 28th
Lilly Gresh, Ohio Wesleyan
(Westerville, OH/North)

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore outfielder Lilly Gresh  collected 11 hits, including three doubles, in six starts for the Bishops last week. Gresh’s week was highlighted by a four-hit, three runs scored, three RBI performance in the win over Hiram. In OWU’s two NCAC wins, she was 5-for-7 with four runs scored and three RBI. In all, Gresh posted four multiple-hit performances last week, driving in five runs and scoring five more runs in the Bishops’ six contests. In 18 at-bats, the junior complied a .611 batting average with a .778 slugging percentage.

Rebecca Dyer, Denison
(Shelby Township, MI/Detroit Country Day)

Denison senior pitcher Rebecca Dyer went a perfect 3-0, with two shutouts and 36 strikeouts in three starts last week. Dyer opened the week with back-to-back shutout wins at Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan. Against the Scots, the senior matched her career-high strikeout total with 13 Ks. She followed that up by fanning nine Battling Bishop hitters in a 7-0 win. In game one of Sunday’s doubleheader with Kenyon, Dyer struck out a new career-high 14 batters en route to the extra-inning victory. In 10 NCAC appearances this year, Dyer went 8-1 with a 1.00 ERA, 88 strikeouts and a .151 batting average against. She also had an 11/1 strikeout to walk ratio in conference play.

April 21st
Linsey Button, DePauw
(Ballwin, MO/Lafayette)

DePauw sophomore infielder Linsey Button put together an impressive performance in the Tigers sweep over Allegheny last week batting .600 (3-for-5) with a grand slam, triple, six RBI, eight total bases and slugged a remarkable 1.600. Button drove in six of DePauw’s 13 runs in the double headed and drove in runs with all three of her hits. The sophomore was also a perfect 1-for-1 in stolen base attempts.
Maddy Stark, Kenyon
(Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South)

Kenyon junior pitcher Maddy Stark pitched all 12 innings of the Ladie’s doubleheader sweep against Wooster. She won game one, 8-0, for her eighth shutout victory of the season. She allowed just one hit and struck out four. In game two, she gave up just two hits and one unearned run. She struck out another four batters, giving her eight strikeouts for the day, 108 for the season, and a new Kenyon record of 299 strikeouts for her career.
April 14th
Dani Haley, Ohio Wesleyan
(Maumee, OH/Anthony Wayne)

Ohio Wesleyan senior designated hitter Dani Haley had an outstanding week for the Bishops in six games, batting .556 (10-for-18) with two doubles, a homerun, five RBI, 16 total bases and stole two bases. In series sweeps of Kenyon and Wittenberg over the weekend, Haley batted .692 (9-for-13) with three doubles and four RBI including a walk-off single to end the opener versus Wittenberg and tying a school record with four hits in the opener with Kenyon.
Meghan Garland, Hiram
(Mineral Ridge, OH/Mineral Ridge)

Hiram pitcher Meghan Garland posted a perfect 4-0 record in the circle last week for the Terriers in NCAC doubleheader sweeps of Wooster and Kenyon. In 22.1 innings of work, Garland held opponents to a .227 batting average, allowing just five earned runs while striking out 10. The sophomore pitched two complete games on the week and held a 1.57 ERA.
April 7th
Taylor Golden, DePauw
(Chicago, IL/Trinity)

DePauw junior infielder Taylor Golden hit safely in five of six games last week guiding the Tigers to a 4-2 record including NCAC sweeps of Denison and Hiram. In six games from the second position in the order, Golden went 8-of-17 at the plate (.471), with three doubles, four runs scored, 11 total bases and three RBI. She also drew two walks to post a .500 on-base percentage and totaled nine putouts and 11 assists with zero errors at third for the week. In the four NCAC wins, Golden went an impressive 7-of-12 at the plate (.583) to help keep the Tigers perfect in conference play.
Caitlin Nealer, Allegheny
(New Kensington, PA/Valley)

In five appearances and 30.2 innings, Allegheny senior pitcher Caitlin Nealer was unscored upon, as she fired four complete game shutouts to run her streak of consecutive shutout innings to 38.2. She opened the week with a complete-game three-hitter, striking out six, in Wednesday’s 9-0 blanking of Buffalo St. On Saturday, she started the team’s opener against Denison, again throwing six shutout innings with eight strikeouts. She came on in relief in the nightcap, holding the Big Red off the board for the final 4.2 innings, allowing one hit with four K’s, before throwing a pair of complete game shutouts in Sunday’s sweep of Ohio Wesleyan, as she combined to allow just five hits and one walk, with 17 K’s, in 14 IP.
March 31st

Sarah Flint, Ohio Wesleyan
(Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales)

Ohio Wesleyan outfielder Sarah Flint smashed RBI doubles in the first and third innings to give the Bishops a 2-0 lead in the opener of a doubleheader sweep versus Muskingum. Flint would double in the sixth inning to tie the school record of three doubles in a game. The sophomore hit .667 (4-for-6) in the two games with three doubles, two RBIs, seven total bases and a run scored. The wins were Ohio Wesleyan’s first over Muskingum, breaking a 23-games losing streak dating back to the 1984 season.


Kahla Nolan, DePauw 
(West Chicago, IL/Wheaton North)

DePauw junior pitcher Kahla Nolan went 3-1 last week picking up a win over No. 23 Wash U, and posting 14 shutout innings in two wins over Kenyon in the NCAC opening series for the Tigers. In 32 total innings of work, Nolan held opponents to a .224 batting average, struck out 21, allowed just nine runs, posting a 1.97 ERA and picked up a save playing a role in all four wins last week for DePauw.

March 24th
Georgia Hill, Wooster
(Oakland, CA/Piedmont)

Wooster freshman Georgia Hill had six hits during the final four games of the Fighting Scots spring break trip and they all went for extra bases – five doubles and one home run. While batting .545 with eight RBI on the week, she doubled and homered in the 11-10 comeback win over Rutgers-Newark and doubled twice during an 8-0 victory versus Nichols.
Rebecca Dyer, Denison
(Shelby Township, MI/Detroit Country Day)

Denison senior pitcher Rebecca Dyer became the program’s all-time leader in career shutouts with 17 after tossing a three-hit shutout against La Verne (8-0) on Tuesday. Dyer posted a miniscule 0.47 ERA after allowing just one run four appearances inside the circle. The senior went 2-0 in two starts and earned her fifth-career save against Gustavus Adolphus after allowing one hit and striking out two in the seventh inning. Over the course of the week, Dyer struck out 18 batters and held opposing hitters to a .211 average.
March 17th
Ashlee Wright, Wittenberg
(Kettering, OH/Fairmont)

Wittenberg junior Ashlee Wright leapt into contention for the Tigers’ season and career home run records with four dingers over the team’s 9-1 Spring Break trip, the best start in program history. Wright drove in a team-best 13 runs while posting an .871 slugging percentage on the way to climbing into second place in the season record for home runs and third in the career record (8).
Rachel Ross, Wittenberg
(Westerville, OH/South)

Wittenberg senior pitcher Rachel Ross dominated opposing hitters to win seven games and lose none in the Tigers’ 9-1 spring break trip to Florida. She limited 25th-ranked Ithaca to five hits and two runs in a complete-game victory, and finished the week with an ERA of 1.12 and a batting-average-against of just .174 in 37.1 innings.
March 10th

Molly O’Connor, Kenyon
(Overland Park, KS/Barstow School)

Kenyon sophomore catcher Molly O’Connor came up with several clutch hits including her first collegiate home run as she helped the Ladies start the 2014 season with a 10-1 record. In those 11 games, O’Connor was 12-of-27 (.444) with the one homer and four doubles. She racked up 19 total bases and had a .704 slugging percentage. Her 12 hits lead the team, as do her 13 RBI.

Maddy Stark, Kenyon
(Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South)

Kenyon junior Maddy Stark was nearly unbeatable in her first week of action. She made seven appearances and six starts, went 5-1, chalked up a save, and posted a 0.91 earned run average. She threw a total of 46 innings and struck out 46 batters. She allowed just six earned runs, 34 hits, and two walks. Opposing batters are hitting just .202 off of her.

March 3rd
Katie Pieplow, Oberlin
(Rescue, CA/Ponderosa)

Oberlin junior Katie Pieplow helped the Yeowomen earn a split against Maryville, accounting for seven RBIs on the day. She had three hits to go along with a sac fly, walk and RBI groundout. In game two she helped Oberlin gain a 5-0 lead with a two-run home run in the first inning and a two-run double in the second.